Today we have Nicole Helm with us for an author interview spotlighting her latest Entangle Publishing release, Seven-Night Stand! It's a wonderful romance that really speaks to the adventure of love and one I really enjoyed reading. And in celebration Nicole is offering up a giveaway. Check out the details below the interview to enter.
Here we go!
Talina: Welcome, Ms. Helm! It’s great to have you on Bookin’ It Reviews today! Thank you so much for taking the time to be here. Before we get started talking about your fun and sexy new release, Seven-Night Stand, let’s talk a bit about you. For those of us just meeting you, can you share a little bit about what makes your writing unique?
Nicole: Thanks for having me! As for my writing and what makes it unique, well, I tend to set my books in the Midwest in small towns or rural areas. My heroes always have a core of goodness about them and my heroines tend to be a little prickly. I love sarcastic humor, and in almost every book you'll find out the hero or heroine's favorite baseball team. :)
Talina: Every reader likes to know this one when they pick up a new book, what inspired you in writing Vivvy Marsh and Nate Harrington's story?
Nicole: The first thing that started this story was a contest. The premise was to write the first 1,000 words of a category romance that included a man and a plane. Nate was born.
The reality TV aspect and Vivvy came from a real life event. My grandfather runs a small antique airplane association, including his own airfield. A few years ago, someone approached them about doing a TV show. It never went any farther than a phone call, but it was enough of a seed for a full blown fictional idea to form in my head.
Talina: Now that we’ve had a little behind the scenes peek, what’s a typical writing day like for you? Anything that helps create the mojo behind the books? ;)
Nicole: I am a stay-at-home mom with two young boys (3 and almost 1), thus there is no typical writing day. Luckily, I have amazing in-laws who usually take the kids for the day once or twice a week. On those days I alternate an hour of writing and an hour of cleaning and can get big chunks accomplished. On days the kids are around, I always try to get in at least one thousand words, even if it's just sneaking a few paragraphs while they sleep or play by themselves.
Talina: All-time favorite romantic movie? How about one that might have sparked a story idea?
Nicole: I'm a sucker for old movies. I love Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I know it's probably not known for its romantic elements but I love the innocent, wide-eyed hero being taught a thing or two by the world-weary heroine, and vice-versa.
I also love the movie version of Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam. It's probably blasphemous considering I was an English major who did her senior paper on Jane Austen, but I liked it better than the book. It might have something to do with Jeremy Northam.
Talina: Which leads me to my next question, what’s your definition of a hero and heroine in fiction?
Nicole: I'm not sure I have a definition. There are so many talented writers out there who can make me think a hero or heroine out of someone I'd never dream possible.
For a hero to work for me, he has to have a good heart, and for a heroine, she has to have a backbone.
Talina: Do you have a favorite hero “type” you like to write about? If so, why?
Nicole: My critique partner recently told me I do dirty, country boys well, and that's definitely the kind of hero I most enjoy writing. You'll more often find my heroes in jeans than suits, driving trucks over luxury cars.
Why? I'm not sure. Maybe it's part of the write what you know thing. Millionaires and playboys are so far from anything I know in real life, they're not the first kind of people to pop up in my imagination.
Talina: In Seven-Night Stand we meet Reality TV scout Vivvy Marsh and pilot Nate Harrington. Can you give us a little insight into each character?
Nicole: Nate is a down-to-earth guy's guy. He's very connected to his family. He runs the business his grandfather built and takes great pride in that. He's dedicated, hard working, and all around decent.
Vivvy is more reserved. She's pretty much estranged from her family and is one hundred percent devoted to her job. Opening up to people isn't easy for her, but Nate manages to find a way. :) She's also really calm and collected in the face of Nate's crazy, dysfunctional family--which is exactly what he needs.
Talina: Is Vivvy and Nate’s story a stand alone? Will we see more from you in the Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence Line?
Nicole: Seven-Night Stand is the first book in the Harrington Airfield series. There will be two more books in the series. The second will feature Nate's identical twin, Ryan, and his high school sweetheart who is now a famous actress. Book three will feature a heroine readers will meet in book two. No release dates or details yet, but hopefully I'll know more soon.
Talina: What’s next for Nicole Helm? Any special news or upcoming events you’d like to fill readers in on?
Nicole: Late this summer I'll have a release from Samhain Publishing. Flight Risk features another small airport, this time in Iowa, and this time a setting completely based on my grandfather's antique airport. Also, the heroine is the pilot/airplane mechanic.
Talina: Thank you so much for taking a moment to have a sit down with us today, Nicole. It’s was a pleasure to have you here and a huge congratulations for your latest release, Seven-Night Stand!
Nicole: Thank you!
Genre: Category - Contemporary Romance
Length: 183 pages
Release Date: February 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-005-6
Back of the book:
Reality TV scout Vivvy Marsh loves her job, but she'll lose it if she doesn’t find a hit. When she’s sent to Kansas to scout a show, it looks like a bust...until she meets sexy pilot, Nate Harrington. His family would make the perfect show to save her career.Nate can’t deny his attraction to Vivvy, but no way can he let this show take off. The Harrington family is riddled with secrets, and she wants it all out in the open. For the next seven days, he’s going to stop at nothing to keep her out of his family's business, even if it means keeping her distracted in his bedroom.
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I grew up with my nose in a book and a dream of becoming a writer. Luckily, after a few failed career choices, a husband, and two kids, I get to pursue that dream.
I write down-to-earth contemporary romance over the backdrop of America’s flyover states for Entangled Indulgence and Samhain Publishing.
I live in Missouri with my husband and two young sons, and write my novels one baby’s nap at a time. I’m slightly (okay, totally) addicted to Twitter (nicolethelm), the St. Louis Cardinals, and someday owning a barn.
You can contact me at NicoleTHelm@gmail.com. I am a contributor at the From Fact to Fiction blog and the Entangled Indulgence Author’s blog.
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